When you think about summer, what comes to mind?
For many (especially if you live in a colder climate), the summer is about barbeques, drinks on the patio, vacationing at the cottage, gardening – basically hanging out and relaxing.
It’s not about pounding the pavement looking for a new opportunity.
But contrary to popular belief, the summer season can be the BEST time to conduct a job search.
So, before you think of delaying your search until the fall, you might want to rethink that.
If you start looking in September or October, you might not land something until the new year since the entire process can take many months especially if you’re relying on applying to jobs online.
If you want to have a job offer in hand by November or December at the latest, NOW is the time to start your search – not in September.
Top 5 Reasons Why Summer Is A Great Time To Look For A New Job
#1 – There’s less competition for candidates
As I’ve pointed out in previous articles, competition can be fierce.
There is on average 200 applicants per job posting, so getting the interview can be challenging.
During the summer months however, this number can drop quite dramatically because most people are under the (wrong) impression that the summer is a bad time to look for a new job.
Instead of ramping up their job search, your competitors are going on vacation and taking it easy instead of networking, applying to jobs, and interviewing.
This is good news for YOU because it means there’s way more opportunity for you to stand out, get noticed, and land those elusive interviews.
NOTE: If you want to get hired by the fall, NOW is the time to get the ball rolling!
#2 – Employers are ramping up interviewing
While it’s true that many of the hiring managers, recruiters, and HR are taking holidays over the summer, things don’t come to a grinding halt.
In many cases, the opposite is true. If the employer needs someone by September, they will start looking in June or even earlier to account for delays.
When a company has an urgent hiring need, they will often make an effort to move the process along faster. For instance, some of them will put candidates through back-to-back interviews on one day as opposed to bringing them back for multiple meetings.
Also, just because hiring authorities are on holidays doesn’t mean they are totally out of the loop. In fact, they have more time to review résumés and respond to job applications. Some will even conduct interviews while they are vacationing, or they’ll organize the first round meetings with HR.
The summer months can be slower for many companies which means they actually have much more time to schedule interviews.
#3 – It’s easier to make time to interview
During the summer, the work environment tends to be more relaxed. Many people (including your boss) are on holidays or taking more time off to enjoy the nice weather.
People are taking longer lunch breaks, leaving work earlier, and taking longer weekends. Many companies have shorter “summer hours”.
What this means, is that it’s much easier for candidates to take time off to interview and be much less conspicuous. They can come in a bit later, leave a bit earlier, take an extra day off here and there and it won’t set off any alarm bells.
#4 – People are more inclined to talk to you
People are generally in a better mood in the summer and therefore more willing to meet with you for networking purposes. It can be the ideal time to re-connect with former colleagues, managers, and clients who might be able to help you.
It’s also a good time to reach out to hiring managers from companies you want to work for and generate informational meetings.
#5 – There are more jobs available
Summer is often a time when there are more contract or short term jobs available to fill in for employees who are taking extended vacations or sabbaticals. Some companies might also be busier during this time and need to beef up their seasonal head count.
There’s no better time than now
So, as you can see, there are some very good reasons why you might want to start your job search now rather than in the fall.
You have to consider the amount of time it could take you to find a new opportunity. If you are relying on applying to jobs online, it can take much longer to deliver results.
The general rule of thumb is that for every $10K you are looking for in salary it will take you approximately one month to get hired. Therefore, a $60K candidate might need 6 months from that start of the application process to accepting the job offer.
I know this sounds like a long time, but I don’t think it’s far off as I had already discussed is a previous article.
Even if it takes about half that time, you’re still looking at 3 or 4 months. If you’re hoping to get hired in September, you should have started applying to jobs in May or June.
The only way you can accelerate the job search is to do a lot of networking and reach out to hiring managers directly to market yourself and to request informational meetings.
In the meantime, I highly recommend you retain the services of a career professional to help you with your job search. One wrong move can get you disqualified from the running. Feel free to contact me here.
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